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    A stormy day in Asakusa

    Asakusa is now a very famous town for foreign tourists in Tokyo. I am a Japanese but I don't know much about the place, except its red gate, "Kaminarimon" with puffed lantern for the remarkable sign. One day I made an appointment with old Tokyo friends and told them to guide me around despite of storm day.

    After we met at a classic style coffee shop, we marched into Kamiya Bar, very old bar restaurant served their original "Denkibran" very strong brandy cocktail. I'm non-alcoholic, just enjoyed the atmosphere there.
    After the cheers by electric (denki)-like special drinks, we decided to check out the figure of newly constructed Tokyo Sky Tree, just in front of the bar.

    Then rushed to main dish. (The storm was getting stronger.) A member said, if one comes to Asakusa, why not try Dojo (loach) hotpot. "Komagata Dojo" is the oldest restaurant serves mainly the Dojo hotpot in a traditional way - we sit on the floor, and the dishes are laid not on the table, on a wooden plate, I mean, the same height as floor. This unbalanced seating makes people feel relax. Here also they got started by hot sakes.

    One girl member said we must finish with some Asakusa style sweets. Of course there are plenty of Japanese sweets shops, and we chose the most famous in the town "Funawa" for it. I ordered Anmitsu, agar jelly with red bean paste.

    At the time we were to leave, I found the lantern at red gate was unpuffed due to strong wind, which I'd never seen before.
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